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eBay Scams Shift From Buyers To Sellers

There's a new scam plaguing eBay sellers that I want to bring to your attention. I've gotten several calls to my Consumer Action Center that lead me to believe one thing: We're seeing a surge in criminals establishing false identities as buyers on eBay, ordering high-end merchandise, and using stolen ...

Fake eBay email scam warning

In early January, our team received a letter from 82-year-old Marjorie telling us about a mink coat that her grandson Christopher tried to sell for her on eBay.  It’s a sad tale that follows, but a great learning lesson for others… In October 2013, Christopher was asked to help his ...

Twitter work-at-home scams are all the rage

RIP-OFF ALERT: As social networking gains in popularity, so too does the prevalence of scamsters pushing supposedly amazing work-at-home opportunities. One company called Easy Tweet Profits claims you can make up to $873/day online. They even claim one person earned $400,000/year using their method of tweeting your way to success. ...

Crooks pose as clergy in online scams

RIP-OFF ALERT: How low can criminals go? Listen to the latest scams going on that try to separate you from your money on eBay or Craigslist. People are impersonating men (and women) of the cloth by setting up elaborate fake identities where they pretend to be a minister or priest ...

Clark mistaken for online scammer!

When I talk about the no-contract cell phone companies and their networks, I go out and buy the phones at retail price and then test the service for a month before I go on the air with a report. Companies would love to let me have loaner units or just ...

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Penny auctions are an illegal game of chance

RIP-OFF ALERT: Have you seen pop-up ads or ads on the rails of websites that promise unbelievable bargains on electronics and some consumer goods? Who can resist those come-ons about getting, say, an iPad for some ridiculously low price like $2?! There's one particularly popular ad with a supposed anchorwoman ...

BBB issues alert about free trial offers

Free trial offers are a dime a dozen all over the Internet and on bad late night TV. The Better Business Bureau has issued a new alert warning consumers away from falling for their ploys. Most free trial offers require you to divulge a checking account or credit card number ...

Online Auction Fraud Guide

Internet fraud is growing at an alarming rate each year, and the most common complaint by far is auction fraud. Protect yourself by following these steps:    Check out the auction site and the protection it offers Understand as much as possible how the auction works and what your obligations ...

Businesses need extra precautions for online banking

RIP-OFF ALERT: There's an ongoing criminal ring that's been successful during the last few weeks in emptying untold millions from both personal and business financial accounts. Law enforcement has identified this ring under the name of Zeus Trojan -- an umbrella term for malicious computer code -- and made arrests ...

Hottest work-at-home scams of the moment

The Kansas City Star has compiled a list of work-at-home scams that seem to have grown exponentially in the Great Recession. Beware of any of the following: Job offers that ask you to purchase a start-up kit. Multilevel marketing pitches that require you to sell questionably priced or unneeded products. ...

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